Tuesday, 30 June 2020

Andrzej Dragan

Mads Mikkelsen, 2007
Photograph: Andrzej Dragan

Pieta, 2010
Photograph: Andrzej Dragan

Andrzej Dragan’s portraits terrify on one hand and addict on the other. One has a strong need to come back and penetrate inhumanly realistic elements of the photographs going deeper and deeper. Power and clarity of the detail, and crystal purity of the color, sober and gloomy light are the elements of Dutch paintings. This is probably the source of the impact of Andrzej’s photographs. Portraying so well-known characters as David Lynch, Mads Mikkelsen or Jerzy Urban in the manner of old, Rembrandt style surprises the viewer used to contemporary photography which is so close to spontaneous expression, escaping from reality through exaggerated effects such as movement, blurring the image or taking the colors down to unnatural scale. Dragan’s works remain inside one’s mind for a long time and most of all – they stand out among thousands of others images surrounding us.
Tomek Sikora

Sunday, 28 June 2020

Freaky Cats

The whitest white cat I've ever met, 2017
Oil on canvas

Tears of No Return, 2020
by Bendix Harms
Oil on canvas

Friday, 26 June 2020

Closed Contact

Closed Contact #8, 1995- 96, C-Print

After having observed the operations of reconstructive surgery and aesthetic surgery, acclaimed figurative painter Jenny Saville was eager to express the violence and anesthetized pain of this experience in her own work. She and fashion photographer Glenn Luchford thus began an artistic collaboration that captures the full range of color, tonality, and topography of live flesh, in large photographic tableaux that portray Saville's own body.

Thursday, 25 June 2020

Turkey Dinner 69c

A clown at a lunch counter
Reno, Nevada, USA, 1963
Photograph: Thomas Hoepker
(Magnum Photos, Courtesy of Bildhalle)

Wednesday, 24 June 2020

Tuesday, 23 June 2020

Observation Balloon


German tethered balloon being raised for observation purposes during the Champagne campaign (observation balloon being maneuvered through a field of haystacks by German soldiers in the Champagne region of France during World War I). France ca.1915.

Gelatin silver print from the F.J.M. Rehse Archiv für Zeitgeschichte und Publizistik, München.  (Shorpy)

Sunday, 21 June 2020

Leipzig 45


A U.S. soldier stands in the middle of rubble in the Monument of the Battle of the Nations in Leipzig after they attacked the city on April 18, 1945. The huge monument commemorating the defeat of Napoleon in 1813 was one of the last strongholds in the city to surrender. One hundred and fifty SS fanatics with ammunition and foodstuffs stored in the structure to last three months dug themselves in and were determined to hold out as long as their supplies. American First Army artillery eventually blasted the SS troops into surrender. Photograph: Eric Schwab/AFP/Getty Images.

Saturday, 20 June 2020

Friday, 19 June 2020

Locomotion

London via Vlissingen - Harwich, 1928
Dutch poster by Adolphe Mouron-Cassandre


Locomotive, with Entrance to Perisphere of 1939 New York World's Fair in Background. Gelatin silver print. Unidentified photographer. Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Wednesday, 17 June 2020

Monday, 15 June 2020

Fear & Suspense

Worlds of Fear, June 1953
Artwork by Norman Saunders

Detective Tales, August 1951
Artwork by Norman Saunders

Sunday, 14 June 2020

Tasmania


Myrtle tree in rainforest at Mount Anne, Southwest National Park, Tasmania, 1984. Photograph: Peter Dombrovskis


Drying kelp at Sandy Bay, Macquarie Island, Tasmania, 1984.
Photograph: Peter Dombrovskis

Saturday, 13 June 2020

Execution Day


There had been a hanging that morning in Pentonville prison in north London. A group gathered outside the still-unopened pub opposite the main gate. The executed man had lived nearby and these were some of his friends, 1958.
Text & Photograph by Philip Jones Griffiths.

Thursday, 11 June 2020

Robert Henri

Edna Smith in a Japanese Wrap, ca.1915
by Robert Henri
Oil on canvas

Snow in Central Park, 1902
by Robert Henri
Oil on canvas

Wednesday, 10 June 2020

Berenice Abbott

Jane Heap, 1929-1931
Gelatin silver print

Janet Flanner in Paris, 1927
Photo: Berenice Abbott
Gelatin silver print

Tuesday, 9 June 2020

Lisa

Lisa Lyon, 1982
Gelatin silver print
Photograph: Robert Mapplethorpe


Lisa Lyon, 1980
Gelatin silver print
Photograph: Robert Mapplethorpe

Monday, 8 June 2020

Roman Vishniac

Young Jewish boys suspicious of strangers
Mukachevo, ca.1935-38


Vishniac’s daughter Mara posing in front of an election poster for Hindenburg and Hitler that reads 'The Marshal and the Corporal DD Fight with Us for Peace and Equal Rights,' Wilmersdorf, Berlin, 1933. 
Photograph: Roman Vishniac,

Sunday, 7 June 2020

Jo Brand

English comedienne Jo Brand, 1994
Photograph: Mark Granier

I met Jo Brand briefly after a show she gave in Belfast (can't remember the venue). I was doing a PoetryCreative Writing MA in Co Antrim at the time. She was a joy to photograph, friendly, unselfconscious, playful and comfortable in her own skin.

Saturday, 6 June 2020

Close Harmony


Farmer, his wife, and brother in close harmony. Pie Town, New Mexico, June 1940. Medium format negative by Russell Lee for the Farm Security Administration. (Shorpy)

Friday, 5 June 2020

The Philanthropist


Gillian Anderson and Tim Choate in a scene from Christopher Hampton’s play The Philanthropist at the Long Wharf theater, New Haven, Connecticut, in 1992. Photograph: T Charles Erickson.

Thursday, 4 June 2020

Gutter Art

Stephen Varble Performing Gutter Art
with Onlooker, New York, 1975
Photograph: Jimmy DeSana
Gelatin silver  print

Wednesday, 3 June 2020

Two Female Portraits

Portrait of a Lady, ca.1460
Oil on panel

Portrait of a Young Venetian Woman, 1505
Oil on Panel

Tuesday, 2 June 2020

View From The Train

South London, Train To Hastings
Black & White, 14 ‎May, ‎2020
Photograph: Ray Wallis